Reiki for Children: Pros and Cons
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Reiki for Children: Pros and Cons

Reiki for children. The pros to trying Reiki for children.

Children are a bundle of energy, that's what most parents would say. In the eyes of Reiki, all human beings are bundles of energy. 

Reiki is a practice of energy work or therapy that focuses on balancing and realigning the energies in one's body by having a practitioner sense and then rebalance the fields around the body.  Energies, if left unaligned, can create imbalance within an individual and encourage growth of negative traits such as stress, health problems and low energy or metabolism.  These issues are all very important in the life of an adult, but what about children?

First let's define what Reiki really is, by it's own definition. The Canadian Reiki Association defines Reiki as, "Reiki is a Japanese holistic, light-touch, energy-based modality. Working as a support mechanism to the body, Reiki re-establishes a normal energy flow of ki (life force energy) throughout the system, which in turn can enhance and accelerate the body's innate healing ability." Therefore, Reiki is the influencing of energy to balance the human body relying on the Japanese concept of Ki. 

Therefore, Reiki for children is the attunement of Ki in the body of a child.  This in turn can lead to a more relaxed child, a child with better focus and who falls asleep more easily than without the Reiki.  Even if one does not believe in energy, the attunements have been proven by a number of sources and studies to improve relaxation and still the mind.

Reiki Master and author Kytka Hilmar-Jezek indicates on her website that not only is Reiki good for children but "Reiki can be learned and practiced by children of any age. In fact, we believe that children are even better channels for Reiki energy because they do not carry a lifetime of “baggage” as many of us do."

What are the benefits?

An article in the Sunday Times, 23 Feb 2008, spoke about a young boy who was always hyper-active and one day broke his wrist.  His mother brought in a Reiki practitioner all the while having her own doubts about the process.  The results? "From that point on, she says, Jake no longer needed painkillers. Geldart had also noticed how calm and relaxed he had seemed after the session and it spurred her on to learn reiki so she could treat Jake at home."

That is the bonus of Reiki.  Not only has it proven to relax a child and improve their mood, but Reiki is not something expensive that requires a lot of money to do or learn.  It is affordable to learn, classes are even available on YouTube, and it is something that parents don't have to update or upgrade.  Children themselves can learn it and practice it. 

Even if you don't believe in evergy the results of learning Reiki far outweigh any costs, and the practice has proven results in relaxation and stress relief.  It is a practice based on the wholistic approach to self-care and family care and encourages taking care of oneself.  What's not to try?


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Personally, I think Reiki is much too intense for children; hell a lot of adults can't handle it.